A Catholic understanding of marriage is distinct. It asks couples for depth of intimacy, fruitfulness and contribution to the common good, and insists on the presence of grace in this most ordinary of human relationships. It pushes against a private view of marriage, calling family a ‘school of deeper humanity’ and the ‘first cell of society.’

In this online public lecture, Professor Julie Hanlon Rubio will examine the future of marriage through a Catholic lens. How might the demanding Catholic vision of marriage still resonate? Could Pope Francis’s efforts to welcome and affirm a diversity of families make room for more Catholics to see sacramental marriage as something they can strive for? How can Catholic institutions both uphold this vision and support the diversity of families they serve?


Professor Julie Hanlon Rubio is the Shea–Heusaman Professor of Christian Social Ethics and Associate Dean at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California in the US. Before moving to Santa Clara, she taught at St Louis University for nearly two decades. Her research focuses on Catholic social thought and family.

Registration Fee

$10 Standard entry
$5 Student and pensioner concession
$40 Groups of five or more

For any queries, email centreforliturgy@acu.edu.au or call (02 9701 4751).

Event Date

Monday 10 October 2022